Tiger Woods sued over restaurant employee's deadly drunk driving crash

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

Tiger Woods is being sued for allegedly allowing his Jupiter restaurant to over serve alcohol to a staffer, who later died in a drunk driving accident.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Palm Beach County, Mary Belowsky and Scott Duchene say the employees and management of The Woods over-served their son, Nicholas F. Immesberger, on December 10, 2018. The suit alleges Immesberger, 24, stayed past his shift one December 2018 night, and was then inundated with drinks to the point of "severe intoxication".

According to the lawsuit, Immesberger struggled with alcohol abuse.

Nicholas Immesberger reportedly had a blood alcohol content of about 0.28 - more than three times the legal limit - when he died after his auto went off the road as he was driving home from work last December.

The lawsuit, which reportedly seeks "in excess of" $15,000, claims that Immesberger was over-served for multiple hours following his shift at The Woods.

While the lawsuit alleged that "Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of alcohol", USA Today noted that Woods may not have been at the restaurant at the time.

Tiger Woods during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship in NY.

Woods' restaurant is managed by Erica Herman, who is his girlfriend.

Last week, Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award from President Trump about a month after his win at the Masters.

Per the lawsuit, Herman "personally knew" Immesberger and "specifically recruited" him to work at The Woods, and she was "well aware" of his "habitual use of alcohol".

The lawsuit states Woods and Herman were drinking with Immesberger at the bar of The Woods "only a few nights before the fatal crash". At the time of the crash, he had blood-alcohol level of.256, more than three times the legal limit. According to CNN, he was scheduled to be part of a tournament news conference Tuesday morning.

The 43-year-old Woods, who is preparing to play in the PGA Championship, has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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